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Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Donald Trump Hypocrisy

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 10:00pm
Donald Trump’s hypocrisy oozes out of him so much that it might explain his orange glow. He is […]
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District 76 - First Puppet Announces

Refuse the Juice - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 9:02am
Cesar Blanco is nice fellow. He doesn't seem to do much harm to anyone. Rumor has it he's nice enough not to burden his constituents by even living in El Paso with them . That's why I say he's a... Brad Kanus
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Improvements, not new construction

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 5:00am

Max, one of our regular readers made this point in his May 29, 2019 comment  that was the posting of a letter to the mayor and city council:

Up until a few days ago we completely missed his point.

He wrote:

The relevant 2012 ballot called for “multipurpose performing arts and entertainment and library facilities improvements.” There is nothing in the ballot about building a new structure. To fulfill the promise in the ballot, the City would renovate the Abraham Chavez Theatre, which is already a multipurpose performing arts and entertainment facility, and bring it up to contemporary standards for approximately $35 million.

The ballot language

THE ISSUANCE OF $228,225,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR MUSEUM, CULTURAL, MULTI-PURPOSE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT AND LIBRARY FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS, INCLUDING NEW CHILDRENS MUSEUM, CULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER, AND INTERACTIVE DIGITAL WALL.

Improvements

The ballot called for improvements of museum, cultural, multi-purpose arts and entertainment, and library facilities.  It did not call for new facilities in those areas.

In fact the language was specific and asked for authorization of a new museum for children, cultural heritage center, and a digital wall.

The other projects were to be improvements of existing facilities.

The wording is clear.

We thank Max for pointing this out to us.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Mississippi Files Court Document Saying It IS OK To Kill Immigrants

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 10:00pm
As if the country needs more proof that Donald Trump has unleashed a war against immigrants, the State […]
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Setting the Record Straight - An explainer for Grossman

Refuse the Juice - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 9:59am
For some reason Max Grossman doesn't pay attention to the details when it comes to people he sees as "the enemy." I, apparently, am the enemy. And he says defamatory things about my parents and their business even though they... Brad Kanus
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Womyn and El Paso County Commissioners Court

Max Powers - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 9:12am
Your Democratic County Party Chair, Iliana Holguin, wants to make hay out of the fact there are no women on Commissioners Court. Could Vince Perez counter by identifying as transgendered? Sure, but it is unnecessary and would be offensive. Not that I have problem with the offensiveness of it. So... Max Powers
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More, gimme more

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 5:00am

City council has an agenda item on their Tuesday, October 1, 2019 agenda that would modify a deal they cut with the owners of the properties that we commonly refer to as Monticello.

The backup material includes an amendment to the contract but does not show what will be changed.

It took a little digging but we found the original contract and compared it to the proposed revisions.

It seems that the original contract refunded 100% of the increase (because of the building that they were doing) in city property taxes through 2017, 50% through 2027 and 25% through 2032.

The new deal gives them 100% of the increase from 2020 through 2022, 50% from 2023 through 2032, and 25% from 2033 through 2037.

The owners will also have to increase property values less in order to be eligible for the tax payments.

Originally they were required to meet at least 50 percent of this chart:

Under the revision they must meet a much lower goal of 50% of this chart:

 

In return they will give up the tax rebates from the facility known as Top Golf.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Adventum

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 10:00pm
Adventum – to come, to arrive, to develop and advent – those are some of the English translations […]
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Bicycle plan

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 5:00am

Part of the city’s published bicycle plan is to achieve silver level designation from the League of American Bicyclists.

Here is how we were last rated:

We deserve better

Brutus

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RumpToons No: 152

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 152!
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Saturday open line

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 09/28/2019 - 5:00am

It’s Saturday.

Tell us what’s on your mind.

We deserve better

Brutus

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We’ll spend it the way we want

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 09/27/2019 - 5:33am

If the city needs to borrow money to replace old buildings or build new facilities wouldn’t it make sense to take the projects out to bid and figure out how much money they will actually need instead of trying to get us to sign a blank check that they can use however they want?

A blank check is what they want.

Read You’ve been warned.

We deserve better

Brutus

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The Ball Is In The Democrats’ Court

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 09/26/2019 - 10:00pm
We are now on the road to impeachment. There is no wiggle room. There are only two possible […]
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Stout for Texas Senate?

Max Powers - Thu, 09/26/2019 - 1:46pm
When Cesar Blanco announced he was running for Texas Senate the media was quick to report that the El Paso Delegation supported Blanco's candidacy. But there was - or better said IS - a problem. Only SOME of the Delegation supports Blanco's candidacy. Noticeably quiet is Lina Ortega and Jose... Max Powers
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Consistently inconsistent - Ankle-biters

Refuse the Juice - Thu, 09/26/2019 - 10:13am
I have two kids and I enjoy watching their morality shift when the situation changes. My daughter thinks everyone should have cake... until there's only a one piece left - she is then sure that only she should have cake.... Brad Kanus
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Cassandra Hernandez and City Council - Moving Forward?

Max Powers - Thu, 09/26/2019 - 6:17am
Let us face it. Cassandra Hernandez will get her seat back. Yes, there is that one douchebag that FORMA is consulting for which implies the money guys in town want that douchebag. But apparently like most young men in their early 20s, reality still has not quite yet smacked him... Max Powers
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The gift that keeps on giving

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 09/26/2019 - 5:00am

The city’s internal audit department issued a report after reviewing the Economic and International Development department’s handling of incentive agreements.

Take a look at this:

Is anyone surprised?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Impeach Donald Trump

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 09/25/2019 - 10:00pm
A few days ago, (link) I posted that the Donald Trump Campaign did not like my use of […]
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Norma Chavez - Path to Victory

Max Powers - Wed, 09/25/2019 - 7:01am
Norma Chavez should run to take her old House seat back. And if she listens to me, she will win. Hell, I'll pay the filing fee. Not too far-fetched given I donated to her during her congressional race. But first why Norma? She would be the only candidate in the... Max Powers
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Trying to learn more

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 09/25/2019 - 5:00am

This was the first thing to appear on the city’s web page the other day:

Try going to it at elpasotexas.gov.

Then try to “learn more”.

Nothing happens.

We deserve better

Brutus

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